August 16, 2008 Subject:
RURAL HOLIDAYS is excellent
"Rural Holidays," made in 1965,is well done and very entertaining. Where I live, a farmer has converted his farm to a golf course and restaurant, just like one of the ideas suggested in this film. I also enjoyed watching the styles and people of that time period.
June 1, 2005 Subject:
'Pig slaughtering demonstration at 2!'
There are euphemeral movies, and then there's movies such as 'Rural Holidays' that come from nowhere and catch you offguard and rivet you throughout it's playtime. 'Rural Holidays' takes an idea and just goes with it, in this case it's farmland owners converting their land into recreational tourist spots! Now, I have no idea if this idea is being used today (it sounds like a good idea though!) but it sounds like, according this film, that this was the norm in the late 1950's (which I think this film was made). Farmers would turn over part of their land so people would camp, go swimming in the manmade lakes, and do some of their chores (like gardening). No mention of hard farmer labor though, which wouldve made this film that much more interesting. Another thing that fascinates me about this film is that it wasnt made by a tourist bureau, but by the USDA soil enrichment program! So while there's this "Give your land over!" spiel going on, the soilmeisters are also getting a word in talking about the type of soil that is appropiate for these activities. A very very strange pairing, which goes right up there with the National fix-up corperation telling you how to paint your house when the bomb hits in 'The House In The Middle'. Totally fascinating and bizarre, this one caught me totally offguard, so this must mean it's a MUST SEE on this site!
December 3, 2004 Subject:
USDA Soil Conservation Service Promotion
This is a United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, film suggesting that rural landowners near cities or popular vacation destinations consider adapting their land to recreational uses. The foundation of success in this is a soil survey, to determine appropriate uses for the land.